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OCLS Tutorials: Seminary Guide

 

 


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SEMINARY RESEARCH GUIDE

 


Welcome to the Wesley Seminary Guide! 

 

This page provides information on finding and researching Bible dictionaries, commentaries, historical and cultural background information, books, articles, language resources, and ancient works. What is Research? walks you through the research and writing process. 

 

To navigate to the different sections use the tabs above. 

 

You can bookmark this page for quick access.

 

 

 


What is a Bible Dictionary?

 

A Bible Dictionary (or Bible Encyclopedia) provides important facts and background information regarding a biblical topic.  Depending on the particular dictionary, entries contain information about:

  • people (Abraham, Mary, Paul)
  • places (Jerusalem, Ephesus)
  • events (destruction of the temple, Jerusalem Council)
  • topics (persecution, family, hospitality)
  • books of the Bible (1 Peter, Galatians)
  • theological concepts (atonement, sanctification)

Theological Dictionaries: Focus on the theological meaning of concepts and words from the Bible.  Sometimes entries are listed in Greek or Hebrew.  You can use a Strong's Concordance or Interlinear Bible to identify the word if you do not know the original language.

 

 

Find Bible Dictionaries at Jackson Library

 

 

In the Library Catalog do a "Keyword" search for "bible dictionaries".

Type your search in the box below! The catalog search will pop up in a new window.

            Search the Library Catalog For Books or E-Books
      

Go to: Catalog | Advanced Search

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Dictionaries

 

Theological Dictionaries

 

Concordances

 

 

 

 

 


Types of Commentaries

 

  Technical or Critical or Exegetical:  Includes very detailed, technical discussion of text. Requires some understanding of the original languages.

Examples:
International Critical Commentary
Word Biblical Commentary
Hermeneia
New International Greek Testament Commentary
Anchor Bible 
Sacra Pagina
Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

 

  Expositional or Essential or Semi-Technical:  Includes less technical, but still extensive discussion. Does not rely on readers' understanding of original languages but may refer to original languages.

Examples:
New International Biblical Commentary
New International Commentary on the New Testament
New International Commentary on the Old Testament
New American Commentary
New Century Bible Commentary
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture

 

  Homiletical:  Intended to aid in sermon preparation.  Usually based on an English translation of the Bible.

Examples:
Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary
Pillar New Testament Commentary
New American Commentary
Interpretation

 

  Devotional or Applicational:  Focuses on the basic meaning of the text and life application.

Examples:
Life Application Bible Commentary
Holman Commentary
Warren W. Wiersbe Commentaries

 

 

Online Commentaries

 

In EBSCO eBooks, search for:

[book of the Bible] commentaries
(ie. mark commentaries, Corinthians commentaries, etc.)
Then in the left facet, find Source Type and click eBooks to select eBooks

Here are some online commentaries we have access to (click title for access):

Word Biblical Commentary
The New International Commentary on the New Testament
The New International Commentary on the Old Testament
The New American Commentary
Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching
Tyndale New Testament Commentaries

 

Find Commentaries at Jackson Library

 

Commentaries are located in two places:

Circulating Collection, 2nd floor

Reference Collection, Main floor

The general call number ranges for commentaries are:

220.7 Large sets

221-224 Old Testament

225-228 New Testament

 

Strategies for finding commentaries in the Catalog:

 

In the Library Catalog do a "Keyword" search for "[book of the Bible] commentaries".

Type your search in the box below! The catalog search will pop up in a new window.

            Search the Library Catalog For Books or E-Books
      

Go to: Catalog | Advanced Search

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find one relevant commentary and click on the appropriate heading listed under "Subject" (ex. Bible. Galatians -- Commentaries.)

TIP: When viewing the list of nearby subject headings, you might want to look at "Bible. Ruth -- Criticism, interpretation, etc." as well.

 

In the Library Catalog do a "Subject" search for:

Bible. Ruth -- Commentaries

Bible. Corinthians, 1st -- Commentaries

 

Type your search in the box below! The catalog search will pop up in a new window.

            Search the Library Catalog For Books or E-Books
      

Go to: Catalog | Advanced Search

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accessing E-Book Commentaries in the Jackson Library Online Catalog

 

The Jackson Library collections include a number of high quality full-text electronic (e-book) commentaries for student use. Click below for Microsoft Word and PDF instructions on how to search for e-book commentaries. These instructions include a "Material Type" sort that groups print books together and e-books together for ease of use. In a Material Type sort, e-books will be at the end of the results list.

 

 

 

Examples of Some Commentaries

 

 

 


Find Background Information at Jackson Library

 

     In the Library Catalog try the following searches.

 

 

Old Testament Background Information

 

New Testament Background Information

 

Bible Atlas

 

You can find Bible Atlases in the 220.91 section of the Reference Collection on the main floor.  

Oversized atlases are stored in the first row before the 000's.

 

Reference Books

 

 

 


Find Books and E-Books on the Bible at Jackson Library

 

  • Do a Subject search in one of the following formats:
    • Bible. Acts
    • Bible. Luke
    • Bible. Ruth 
    • Bible. Mark
    • Bible. Peter, 1st
  • Click on relevant subject headings to view books.
    • For example:  
    • Bible. Acts -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.

 

 

In the Library Catalog do a "Subject" search for one of the subjects above. 

Type your search in the box below! The catalog search will pop up in a new window.

            Search the Library Catalog For Books or E-Books
      

Go to: Catalog | Advanced Search

 

 

 

 

Examples of Books

 

 

 


Search ATLA

 

 

ATLA Religion Database contains journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion.  

You can also access this database at: OCLS Home Page > Article Databases > Religion > ATLA Religion Index

 

 

Search by Scripture in ATLA

 

  • Within ATLA, click "Scriptures" link at the top of the screen.

 

Conducting a SCRIPTURE seach in ATLA

 

 

  • Click "Expand" next to the book that contains your passage.

 

Collapsed Bible book links

 

 

  • Continue to expand until you identify your passage.  At any time, if you click on the book or chapter or verse link, ATLA will give you search results for articles on that specific book, chapter or verse.  

 

 

Search by Topic in ATLA

 

  • Search for a keyword about your topic combined with a Scripture Citation search for your book of the Bible (as shown below).

 

 

  • If you find one article that seems relevant, click on one of the relevant "Subjects" listed for that article in order to search for other relevant articles.

 

 

 


Hebrew and Aramaic Resources

 

Greek Resources

 

 

 


Databases

 

Ancient Authors

 

If you know the name of the ancient writer, do an author search in the Library Catalog to find reprinted and translated works by that author:

 

In the Library Catalog do an "Author" search. 

Type your search in the box below! The catalog search will pop up in a new window. 

            Search the Library Catalog For Books or E-Books
      

Go to: Catalog | Advanced Search

 

 

 

 

Ancient Commentary

 

Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture  (27 volumes)

Located on 2nd Floor and Reference (use link above)

Includes selected ancient commentary on scripture from church fathers.

 

 

Books Containing Ancient Texts

 

OCLS & Research Help 

 

To learn more about what research is and how to research, visit the Introduction to Research Guide.  

 

 

 

OCLS & Research Help 

 

To learn more about how to get research help from OCLS, visit the Introduction to Research Guide.  

 

 

 

 

Doctor of Ministry Research Project Guide

 

 

 



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